Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy’s birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn’t really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious.
Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill—and everything points to poison.
With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem—and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth… no matter the consequences.
I feel like it’s been a good while since I posted a review, even though my last one was the first book in this series. If you want to catch that, you can find it here. But today I’m going to be talking about Arsenic for Tea, the second novel in the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries.
I really enjoyed the first book and I was expecting the same level of enjoyment for the second one – but it definitely surpassed my enthusiasm towards the first. I enjoyed this a lot more, and I’m not saying that the first one was bad or anything, I just felt as if Stevens had now fully fleshed out her main characters and their world and she’d really gotten the hang of writing them.
I also loved the plot and setting of this book so much too! I loved how we got to meet Daisy’s strange family and learn more about her history and life before Deepdean. As well as that, it’s very charming and written brilliantly. I totally got an Agatha Christie vibe as I was reading it and I’m so happy that Stevens chose to set these books during the 1930s. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story!
The who-dunnit mystery really keeps you on your toes for the entire book. I was always so unsure of who to assume and in the end I was not expecting who it was. It’s incredible that Stevens can be so talented as to not give the murderer away, in either this book or the one before it. I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something reminiscent of Agatha Christie or even Arthur Conan Doyle. You do not want to be sleeping on Miss Daisy and Hazel!